13 items from 2015
Nurse Jackie was never quite a perfect show. Beautifully performed, certainly. Gutsy in its antiheroism. But bumpy. There were the super-heavy elements of Jackie's ongoing addiction and its ability to eclipse everything else in her life, sometimes balanced by the inviting warmth of Merritt Wever's performance as the irrepressible Zoey. But those things never paired that well with Akalitus's more slapstick humor, or Coop's chronic inappropriateness, or O'Hara's … anything. The show cycled through guest stars — Bobby Cannavale, Adam Ferrara, Morris Chestnut, Julie White, Laura Benanti, and, most recently, Tony Shalhoub and Mark Feuerstein — and seemingly high-stakes story lines. Yet despite the trail of death and destruction she left in her wake, nothing much seemed to stick for Jackie. Relapse is part of recovery, but Jackie relapsed more than she recovered, which is why her character's end felt fair, if not welcome. Addiction, man. It'll kill you.Or maybe »
- Margaret Lyons
Royal Pains has tapped transgender teen Nicole Maines for a very special episode, E! News has learned. Airing June 23 at 10 p.m., "The Prince of Nucleotides" sees Dr. Hank (Mark Feuerstein) treat Anna, a transgender teenage choreographer whose hormones may be endangering her health. "Playing Anna on Royal Pains was an incredible experience and the amount of warmth and encouragement that I received from the cast and crew was so unexpected, but welcome," Maines said in a statement. "Everyone's words were so supportive and kind and they really made me feel part of the cast immediately, and made my very first television acting experience a pleasure—one I will remember forever." Maines, a »
Last year, the ratings for Royal Pains dropped a lot -- nearly 35% in the 18-49 demographic and 43% in viewers. It wasn't cancelled but USA Network renewed it for two short seasons of eight episodes each. It's believed that season eight will be the end. Could the ratings rebound and lead to a ninth year? Stay tuned.
Royal Pains follows the continuing adventures of a former ER doctor (Mark Feuerstein) from New York who, along with his younger brother (Paulo Costanzo), runs a concierge doctor business in The Hamptons. The show's cast includes Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Campbell Scott, Ben Shenkman, and Henry Winkler.
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Bonnie Hammer added another first to her long career on Tuesday night as she was feted with the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award from the Uja-Federation of New York.
Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainemnt, is the first female exec to receive the kudo, named for the late leader of Time Warner, in the 19-year history of the award from the Jewish service org that supports a range of charities and causes.
And Hammer undoubtedly was the first recipient to eschew the podium while delivering a heartfelt speech from the stage that recalled her bat mitzvah — she was the first girl allowed to experience that rite of passage at her temple in Queens — and her first real brush with anti-Semitism.
The latter came when she was a junior in college and spent a year studying in a foreign land — Lawrence, Kan. A professor there displayed naked prejudice after he realized she was a Jew. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Exclusive: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.
Euro distributor Ascot Elite has finalised deals for German-speaking Europe on a trio of Cannes market titles, including upcoming Jk Simmons (Whiplash) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) comedy The Runaround from The Solution.
Due to shoot this summer in Los Angeles, Gavin Wiesen will direct The Runaround from a screenplay by Seth W Owen about a globe-trotting workaholic father who enlists the help of his daughter’s awkward ex to find his girl during a layover in Los Angeles.
From Gaumont, the outfit pre-bought new French drama-comedy Le Coeur en Braille from Cesar-winning actor-director Michel Boujenah.
Set to shoot this August, Pascal Elbe (The Other Son) and Charles Berling (March of the Penguins) are among the cast of the drama based on Pascal Ruten’s novel about the friendship between a cellist who is losing her sight and a young boy who helps her hide the condition from her »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Cannes – Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, one of France’s most mainstream sales agents, has closed multiple deals, major territories included, on its flagship Cannes titles “Lives in Secret” and “Blind Date.”
Starring Tim Roth and Kelly Reilly (“True Detective”) and produced by Eliot Jenkins and “Resident Evil’s” Jeremy Bolt, “Lives” has closed Australia (Vendetta) and Latin America (Cdc), of major territories. Directed by Emmy winner John Hay (“Stig of the Dump,” “There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble”), “Lives” also clinched Turkey (Fabula), South Africa (MNet), Poland (Kino Swiat), Middle East (Falcon) and the former Yugoslavia (21 Films). The U.K., France, Belgium and Japan are in advanced talks, said Oliver Albou, who heads up Other Angle with Laurence Schonberg.
Based on true events, “Lives” centers on WWII British intelligence officer Vera Atkins’ interrogation of her Gestapo counterpart over the fate of women spies sent to Occupied France. It is early »
- John Hopewell
“We’re very happy with this market in terms of the deals we’ve done and the great reception we had for our new and upcoming projects,” commented company MD Olivier Albou.
Lives In Secret has sold to Australia (Vendetta Films), South Africa (M-Net), Latin America (Cdc United Network), Middle East (Falcon) and ex-Yugoslavia (2i Films) and is in advance talks for the UK, France, Belgium and Japan.
After the war, Atkins made it her personal mission to ascertain the fate »
Exclusive: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for Us comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
The Airplane-style comedy has landed with pan-Middle East distributor Front Row and South Africa’s M-Net ahead of its market premiere in Cannes with director Sam Friedlander and star Mark Feuerstein in attendance.
Fouad Mikati directed Return To Sender from a script by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. Rlj Entertainment chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward negotiated the deal with Voltage and plans a 2015 release.
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Ron Judkins’ festival favourite and comedic drama Finding Neighbors starring Michael O’Keefe and Catherine Dent. Jon Gerrans negotiated rights with producers Judy Korin and Jennifer Young.
Multi-platform specialist Orion Releasing has picked up North America and MGM Latin America on Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant. [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Mark Feuerstein comedy “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant” has been acquired for North American distribution by Orion Releasing and Latin American distribution through MGM. Directed by Sam Friedlander and written by Mike Sikowitz, the comedy follows Larry Gaye, lothario of the skies and self-described renegade, who is called on to save the day when the airline he works for tries to replace human flight attendants with robots. The film will be released theatrically and on VOD in the U.S. on June 5, as Orion focuses on multi-platform releases via specialized theatrical runs and premium VOD services. Also Read: Fox and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Read More: Orion Releasing Acquires SXSW 2014 Award Winner 'Fort Tilden' Sam Friedlander’s feature film directorial debut "Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant" has been acquired by Orion Releasing, a company focused on multi-platform releases via specialized theatrical runs and premium video on demand services, and Latin American distribution through MGM. Directed by Sam Friedlander and written by Mike Sikowitz, the comedy tells the story of Larry Gaye, a rebellious ladies man who is forced to spring into action when his airline tries to replace human flight attendants with robots. Expert flight attendant Larry has to battle a FlightPal200 (Romijn) to prove why human customer service can never be replicated properly by robots. "Larry Gaye" stars Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains") as Larry, and features a stellar ensemble cast including Danny Pudi, Jayma Mays, Rebecca Romijn, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Ian Gomez, Henry »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Nurse Jackie recap Season 7 Episode 4 “Nice Ladies” (original airdate May 3, 2015) We start in the courtroom where Jackie’s attorney Barry Wolfe (Mark Feuerstein) is making his case. He starts by explaining how Jackie is “a nice lady.” Ahem, what? Oh, yes. Remember how she was on her way to help Hurricane Penny victims and then how she stopped to save another lady? “Is it any wonder that that one person, Jackie Peyton, took something to smooth the edges?” Heck, even Wolfe, pops a drug / alcohol combo before he flies, he tells the judge. “Gratitude,” Wolfe says. … Continue reading →
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- Barb Oates
New Indie: TV stars often turn to indie cinema to play more substantial roles, in different genres, than they’re called upon to perform on a weekly basis. Making the most of Life Partners (Magnolia Home Entertainment) are Leighton Meester (who knew she could be funny?) and Gillian Jacobs, who star as lifelong pals whose friendship hits a bump when one of them falls in love. The fact that one of them (Meester as Sasha) happens to be a lesbian is beside the point. Meester and Jacobs make very convincing pals, and their comedic interplay is a real treat. Add on an impressive supporting ensemble that includes Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott and Mark Feuerstein, and you’ve got a charming comedy that didn’t get enough love in theaters last year; if you missed...
- Alonso Duralde
13 items from 2015
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